With the launch of Gutenberg (WordPress’ shiny new editor) in Dec. 2018, I started work on functionality to allow for several common design patterns using the new tool.
As a result, this site is going to be a testing ground for at least the next six months or so where I’m trying out a few new things.
Launching without work samples
I have no idea how many times I’ve added work samples to my site. There are hundreds of sites in the wild at this point, and I’m sure I’ll add a “work” section at some point here – but that’s not the highest priority for me at the moment.
So, if you’d like to see work samples, just reach out, and I’ll be happy to send some.
This site is essentially launching with no styles (I may add some in a future release).
That is, this is my starting point for a new site. It’s not the finishing point. I think there are probably about 25 lines of code right now that are unique to just this site (the gradient background that’s used in a few sections). Everything else is pure default. This is my starter site.
Following my own advice
Part of the reason I’m launching like this – without styles, is that I want to follow my own advice. I tell clients this all the time:
When your site is more editable than the old one, when it’s better in a substantial way, and when it doesn’t have anything on it that says “coming soon,” it’s time to think about launching.
Even launching blank, so to speak, with a completely default theme, just my custom page builder for Gutenberg running on top of it, this site actually does meet all of those criteria.
So, we’re live with it, even feeling massively unfinished.
I’m trying something different and going out a bit on a limb with this iteration of the site (not too much, since I’ve got lots of work coming up and need to move back off of this project for a bit).
But particularly if you’re a designer or developer, I’d love to hear what you think about the idea of launching unfinished.